March 26, 2013

U.S. Water Partnership Adds the Nicholas Institute as a Member

Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, March 26, 2013
CONTACT: Erin McKenzie
(919) 613-3652

The Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University is among the newest members of the U.S. Water Partnership.

Launched by former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on World Water Day 2012, the public-private partnership is designed to share knowledge and leverage resources to find solutions to global water accessibility challenges. The partnership places special emphasis on water challenges in the developing world, a core focus of the Nicholas Institute.

Through the Nicholas Institute’s Water Policy Program, staff are focused on water, sanitation and hygiene issues, primarily in Sub-Saharan Africa. Work on water quality—in particular the impacts of long-term exposure to contaminants such as fluoride in groundwater in Ethiopia’s Rift Valley—are underway.

“The resources, skills, and commitments of these new partners will help spur even more tangible action to address global water challenges; action that would likely not have otherwise happened without the enabling platform of the Partnership,” Ambassador Hattie Babbitt, Chair of the U.S. Water Partnership Steering Committee said in a press release.

The Nicholas Institute, and nine others, were officially inducted into the U.S. Water Partnership at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. on World Water Day.